The South Asian Times

20 January 2019 14:25 PM

GOPIO's Central Jersey chapter celebrates 10th anniversary with gala

GOPIO Central Jersey hosted its 10th Anniversary Gala Community Recognition & Awards Banquet on June 3 at Ember Restaurant in South Brunswick, NJ which was attended by more than 350 invited guests, public officials, community leaders, GOPIO members and awardees from various fields.

Ambassador Sandeep Chakravorty, the Consul General of India in New York was the Chief Guest.  Other dignitaries included New Jersey Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, South Brunswick Mayor Charlie Carley, and West Windsor Mayor Hemant Marathe. 

Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. was inducted as Friend of India.   He has served Co-Chair of Indian Caucus in US Congress, and represents New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District that covers Middlesex County, Bayshore and Oceanfront areas of Monmouth County.   

Two South Asian media giants were recognized and received the awards for their significant contribution and community service in media which included Padma Shree Dr. Sudhir Parikh, a philanthropist and chairman and publisher of Parikh Worldwide Media Inc., and new owner of ITV Gold and Padma Shree H R Shah, chairman and ceo, TV Asia.Both individuals received an award from GOPIO Central Jersey as well as citation from New Jersey State Senate.

The other awardees from various fields of personal or group achievements included the following individuals: Shri Krishna Nidhi (SKN) Foundation; Ashok Luhadia, founder of US Pharma Labs; Amit Jani, the President and Co-Founder, NJ Leadership Program; Pinakin Pathak, a successful entrepreneur and community activist, a member of the Hindu-Jewish coalition, BAPS, and March of Dimes; Rina Shah, the director and founder of AUM Dance Creations.

A special award was presented to Sparsh Shah (aka Purhythm), a 15-year-old multi-talented singing prodigy who was born with an incurable disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta.

Update: 14 June, 2018